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  • TV-MA
  • 2015
  • 1 Season
  • 7.4  (4,111)

Banished is a historical drama series set in Australia in the late 18th century. The six-part series depicts the harsh lives of the first British convicts who were transported to the penal colony of New South Wales. The show focuses on the lives of the convicts as they struggle to survive under the strict rule of Governor Arthur Phillip (David Wenham). The main characters are Elizabeth Quinn (Orla Brady), an Irishwoman who is sentenced for stealing food to feed her family; Private James Freeman (MyAnna Buring), a young woman disguised as a man to join the army and escape her past; and Tommy Barrett (Julian Rhind-Tutt), a flamboyant tailor who is exiled for being a homosexual.

The series also features notable performances from Ewen Bremner as Reverend Johnson, a conflicted man of God, Ryan Corr as second lieutenant Corporal MacDonald, a conflicted man of war, and Russell Tovey as Corporal Marston, a conflicted man of loyalty.

The show is set in the early days of the colony, a time before the settlement of Sydney and before the arrival of more convicts who would lead to a more established colony. The land is untamed, the food supply is scarce and the heat is unbearable. The convicts toil under the hot Australian sun, building huts and cultivating gardens while they face constant danger from the harsh environment and the Aboriginal tribes.

The show is a powerful portrayal of colonialism and imperialism that shines a light on the less covered territory of Australia's beginnings as a British colony. It explores the morality and consequences of sending convicts to a foreign land without the resources or means to survive. It also questions the role of religion, law and punishment in a society where survival was the primary goal.

The series paints a vivid picture of the realities of colonial life, from the cramped quarters on the convict ships to the brutal punishments inflicted on those who disobey the strict rules. It also shows the bonds that are formed between the convicts, and how a sense of community develops despite the harsh circumstances.

The show is well-written and well-acted. The main characters are complex and multi-layered and the supporting characters are equally engaging. The plot is slow-burning, allowing time for character development and world-building. The show allows the audience to experience the claustrophobic conditions of life in 1788 New South Wales while also providing moments of humanity and hope.

In conclusion, Banished is a show that deserves far more attention in the canon of historical dramas. It illuminates a neglected aspect of Australian history and presents a nuanced and emotionally engaging portrayal of the earliest days of British colonization in Australia. Its powerful themes of survival, community, and morality will stay with audiences long after the final credits roll.

Banished is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on March 5, 2015.

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Episode 7
7. Episode 7
April 16, 2015
Drama set in an Australian penal colony. James Freeman faces the most difficult decision of his life. With the prisoners far outnumbering the soldiers, what will the outcome be?
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
April 9, 2015
Rebellion is in the air and Tommy's headstrong behaviour risks Elizabeth's future plans.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
April 2, 2015
Historical drama set in an Australian penal colony. To everyone's amazement Freeman is alive, and Major Ross is deeply affected by a personal loss.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
March 26, 2015
Historical drama set in an Australian penal colony. Mary Johnson shares her past sorrow with the insightful convict Anne Meredith as the camp waits for news of Freeman.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
March 19, 2015
Reverend Johnson leads the community in prayer on a hot beach as they bury another poor soul who has succumbed to the hardships of life. After shouting is heard from out at sea, some marines are gesturing that their fishing nets have been slashed. Elizabeth and Tommy marriage is later blessed by Reverend Johnson in the partially built church.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
March 12, 2015
Freeman must tackle bully Marston, who is persisting in stealing his food. Drastic action is required.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
March 5, 2015
It is 1788 in New South Wales, and dawn is breaking over the ramshackle camp where British convicts and their masters are waking up to another dangerous day.
Behind the Scenes
101. Behind the Scenes
July 28, 2015
Behind the scenes of the compelling drama based on the founding of Sydney.
Where to Watch Banished
Banished is available for streaming on the BBC Two website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Banished on demand at Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Google Play, Hoopla, Apple TV and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    March 5, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (4,111)